FEMA Gives Aid To Witch Shops And Strip Clubs After Hurricane Harvey But REFUSES To Help Christians, Says ‘Churches Cannot Receive Taxpayer Help Because They Preach About Christ’

After the destruction caused by hurricane Harvey, three churches are suing FEMA for refusing to offer aid because they are ‘religious institutions’ yet FEMA is freely giving money to witch shops and strip clubs:

Three churches in Texas have sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency over its policy of not providing aid to religious institutions following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey last week.

“After the costliest and most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history, the government should come to the aid of all, not leave important parts of the community underwater,” said Diana Verm, counsel at the nonprofit, public-interest law firm Becket.

“Hurricane Harvey didn’t cherry-pick its victims; FEMA shouldn’t cherry-pick whom it helps.”

Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God are all arguing that they deserve disaster relief, just like other nonprofits, including museums and zoos.

FEMA’s policy blocks churches and other places of worship from receiving aid, due to the separation of church and state.

The policy has been questioned during a number of other natural disasters in the past, such as when Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York back in 2012.

Becket, which filed a lawsuit in Houston federal court against FEMA on behalf of the churches, argued that FEMA’s policy violates the Constitution.

“FEMA has previously praised churches and religious ministries and the valuable shelter and aid they provide to disaster-stricken communities, and regularly uses houses of worship to set up relief centers,” the group said.

“In fact, just as it did after Hurricanes Rita and Ike, FEMA and local government agencies are currently using Hi-Way Tabernacle to shelter dozens of evacuees, distribute meals, and provide medical care. Yet HiWay is not eligible for relief for the three-foot flood it suffered in its sanctuary, simply because it primarily uses its building for religious purposes,” it added.

Verm insisted that houses of worship are playing a vital role in helping Texas recover from Harvey, and deserve to receive assistance from FEMA.

“It’s time for FEMA to start helping the helpers, not continue a policy of irrational discrimination against churches,” she said.

During the Sandy-FEMA debate in 2013, some, such as The New York Times’ editorial board, spoke out against proposed amendments to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act aimed at making churches eligible for disaster relief.

“Supreme Court rulings interpreting the First Amendment’s prohibition against establishment of religion have long barred the direct use of tax money to build, repair or maintain buildings devoted to religious services or other religious activities,” The New York Times said back then.

Pastor Paul de Vries, president of New York Divinity School, told The Christian Post in February 2013 that it’s unfair FEMA’s policy helps nightclubs, but not churches.

“There are rowdy beer halls, sleazy nightclubs, and smutty ‘adult’ stores, even witchy botánica businesses — all open and thriving again because of generous grants from the tax-payers’ pockets; American money conveniently channeled by the IRS and FEMA for the restoration of thousands of homes and businesses, including godless establishments,” de Vries wrote of the situation in New York at the time.

“The church buildings suffering the same damage are still ‘disqualified’ from these grants because churches lead people to God. Ironically, it was the God-centered churches who were the first to help others immediately after Superstorm Sandy — with generous physical, emotional and spiritual help many days or weeks before aid from any other sources, government or private,” he added. (source)

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  • Grandmere

    Government money always comes with government strings. Who wants to sue the government for money?? These fools will bring persecution even faster. Fools!

    • Kamau41

      The thinking is so very foolish. So many never learn from their past mistakes.

      More and more, we are seeing the conditions rapidly setting up for persecutions.

    • Good points.

    • Gloria Patri

      My thoughts exactly. FEMA is federal, do you really want them involved in your house of worship?

    • ace

      Exactly! And, if you give to one church or religion, you would have to give to all, and surely we would not want to see that…

  • filomena seiffert

    By the unjust laws we now the government works under the dictatorship of satan. I am totally disgusted with the governments of the world, only pride and money are important to them lives do not count.

    • Gloria Patri

      We must be encouraged by our heavenly kingdom. This one is passing away. In Gods kingdom there will be goodness and justice.

      • filomena seiffert

        Our only hope. I feel sorry for the ones that do not want to know God and follow his laws for they can not have any joy.

  • I’m looking at the websites of two “churches” names. Harvest Family Church appears to be a typical charismatic Pentecostal assembly…something I am familiar with with my three year run with one such assembly. Hi-Way Tabernacle is another assembly under the “Assembly of God” umbrella, another Protestant offshoot, and Rockport First Assembly of God, another offshoot from the “Assembly of God” umbrella needs no introduction.

    So, they are suing the feds? Well, thanks to the Jeffersonian legacy of the “separation of church and state,” which in part is inspired by the French Revolution that severed the harmonious, if not tense, union between the Church and State, the government will thank the Church for allowing them to use the place as a temporary refugee while stabbing them in the back.

    On the other hand, “bailing out” rowdy beer hall, nightclubs, and witch covens are just business as usual for the government. Why? Because they pay federal taxes. The church don’t.

    If the church want money from the government, kindly remove the 501(c) non-taxable status, and you will find out why it is a BAD, BAD idea to receive federal money. Catholic schools are learning this lesson the hard way now.

    • DeusLoVult

      “On the other hand, “bailing out” rowdy beer hall, nightclubs, and witch covens are just business as usual for the government. Why? Because they pay federal taxes. The church don’t.”

      Frankly, I believe that’s the way it should be. If you don’t pay taxes, you shouldn’t have access to government services.

      “severed the harmonious, if not tense, union between the Church and State”

      I’d say tense is a bit of an understatement. Nations have never been amenable to the Church. Not even when it was strong.

      • “Frankly, I believe that’s the way it should be. If you don’t pay taxes, you shouldn’t have access to government services.”

        Our taxes goes to many thing, some charitable and some not so charitable. There are good government services and other that are not so good. I hate using this phrase, but I can’t think of anything closer, when it comes to the government, it’s pretty much choose your poison.

        “I’d say tense is a bit of an understatement. Nations have never been amenable to the Church. Not even when it was strong.”

        We need to keep in mind that nation-state as a modern construct is still relative new. The Church often stood as the sole authority of moral and spiritual well-being while the State provided defense and punishment of the common people. I know that there were time kings and princes, greedy for forging their own legacies, overstepped and wreak havoc in places like Europe.

        Today, it is not like that anymore.

        This is purely conjecture here…

        I believe there is a growing number of people in the West, some Christians included, who believe the Church should not interfere in matters of the State at all, that include not being able to inform their parishioners of ideal candidate to back, or to have a sermon on social issue of today at all.

        Unfortunately, it appears that the State is listening to those people are using the almighty dollars to influence the Church. Like I said, Catholic schools are finding out there are strings attached to obtaining federal money, which includes teaching “health” classes that are morally objectionable. All the feds has to do is threaten to turn off the tap and the school’s headmasters will have no choice but yield.

        So, if those assemblies start receiving federal money, expect for the novelty to send people on cloud nine before Uncle Sam comes in and start dictating what they can and cannot preach.

        • DeusLoVult

          “it’s pretty much choose your poison.”

          I wish I could disagree.

          “The Church often stood as the sole authority of moral and spiritual well-being while the State provided defense and punishment of the common people. I know that there were time kings and princes, greedy for forging their own legacies, overstepped and wreak havoc in places like Europe.”

          Many times. For example, one need only look at the entire history of the Holy Roman Empire. Their relationship with the Papal States was marked by never ending conflict.

          “So, if those assemblies start receiving federal money, expect for the novelty to send people on cloud nine before Uncle Sam comes in and start dictating what they can and cannot preach.”

          And that’s why I agree with you. Federal money has politics attached to it, which, as matters currently stand, are decidedly incompatible with Christian morality. By and large. And, even if this were not the case, planet Congress is an unpredictable and capricious world. It is not a source of stability for the Church.

          • Ceirwyn

            “May God bless and keep the Tsar…far away from us! –
            Tevye,
            Fiddler On The Roof

        • Gloria Patri

          You are right about our history. from what I understand at one time in the west churches were the provider of all schooling and hospitals. Many of the services that the state now provides were what the church provided. Christians left a portion of gardens for the poor and churches still do feed the poor. I am not sure how the shift happened, where the church gave this up much of their charity to the state, but it just widens the chasm between the two and nullifies the church in the eyes of the secular world. I think these churches who are after FEMA make them look like entitled brats.

          • “I am not sure how the shift happened, where the church gave this up much of their charity to the state…”

            I think some of the people got lazy and decided to let the State do it all.

          • Nan

            State wants to manipulate people by providing and one way is to induce people mot to marry and rely on state. Another reason is to get church out of public eye.

          • Gloria Patri

            That is a good point.

  • PaulF

    It’s the ABC principle that always guides the ruler of this world. Anything But Christ.

  • Gloria Patri

    I do not think it’s a good idea for the federal government to be involved in church money. This leads to compromise within the church. Another woe is that the federal government has been involved in paying churches to resettle Islamic refugees so it has become very lucrative for them to do that. When I read the statements from these churches about why they need to resettle refugees for sharing the love of Christ, yet see they make 3,000.00 per person, I question their authenticity. I wrote to one Bishop of a church doing that in my state and asked him if they share the gospel and received no reply about that, though he did reply about other things on the topic. What it seems to be leading to is the churches as a whole not sharing the gospel, but instead blurring the lines between faiths.

  • ace

    OK, would someone help me out here please: “… rowdy beer halls, sleazy nightclubs, and smutty ‘adult’ stores, even witchy botánica businesses” got FEMA aid? Really? Yes, they may have gotten SBA loans and likely did get tax deductions, but churches don’t pay taxes. Still, I’d like proof these businesses got FEMA aid.

    FEMA does not offer grant assistance to businesses, but a business can get a SBA loan to help in recovery: https://www.fema.gov/what-do-if-your-business-or-farm-was-damaged

    FEMA does offer grants to certain non-profits who are considered “essential service providers”: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/10/05/some-nonprofits-may-qualify-fema-disaster-grants

    • Grandmere

      Exactly, Ace. FEMA doesn’t assist strip clubs any more than they do your local barber shop. These establishments, for the most part, rent their facilities from a commercial developer/landlord. I gotta call BS on FEMA and businesses.

  • Eric Mueller

    What is old will be coming again. . .

    Firstly teachers are now telling students that God is mythical, just like a unicorn:

    https://www.toddstarnes.com/column/school-lesson-describes-god-as-mythical-creature-like-a-unicorn

    Secondly anyone ever hear of ecos-e-x? Professors are teaching students now that it is okay to make out and have s-e-x with trees and plants. There is a picture and video of this in the link below. Disgusting.

    https://www.chicksontheright.com/2017/09/07/ecosexual-professor-teaches-ucsc-students-get-dirty-earth/

    “30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

    33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’

    35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

    37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ 38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.

    39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars.This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

    “‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
    43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
    Therefore I will send you into exile’ beyond Babylon.

    44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

    48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

    49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
    What kind of house will you build for me?
    says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
    50 Has not my hand made all these things?’

    51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

    54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Manstanding at the right hand of God.”

    57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

    59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”

  • BobTrent

    Churches don’t pay taxes. Strip joints and witchcraft shops do.

  • BobTrent

    Planned Parenthood is offering free abortions to hurricane refugees.